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High Priority Schools Grant Program   

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Cautionary Notice: As added and amended by SBX3 4 (Ch. 12, Third Extraordinary Session, Statutes of 2009) and ABX4 2 (Ch. 2, Fourth Extraordinary Session, Statutes of 2009), Education Code 42605 grants districts flexibility in "Tier 3" categorical programs. The Hemet Unified School District has accepted this flexibility and thus is deemed in compliance with the statutory or regulatory program and funding requirements for these programs for the 2008-09 through 2012-13 fiscal years. As a result, the district may temporarily suspend certain provisions of the following policy or regulation that reflect these requirements. For further information, please contact the Superintendent or designee.

The Governing Board recognizes that schools demonstrating the lowest performance on state indicators of student achievement need to develop and implement a comprehensive approach to school improvement in order to improve student learning. The Board shall provide all necessary support and assistance to any such high-priority school to help ensure a quality education for all students.

(cf. 0400 - Comprehensive Plans)

(cf. 0500 - Accountability)

(cf. 9000 - Role of the Board)

Whenever the Superintendent of Public Instruction (SPI) invites any district school to participate in the High Priority Schools Grant Program, the Board shall hold a public hearing at a regularly scheduled meeting to discuss whether or not to apply for participation and how to address the needs of the school and its students. If it is determined that the school will not accept the invitation to participate, the Board shall hold a public hearing at a regularly scheduled meeting to discuss the reasons and rationale for the decision and to explain how the district intends to address the needs of the school and its students. Neither of these discussions shall be placed on the consent calendar. (Education Code 52055.615)

(cf. 9322 - Agenda/Meeting Materials)

When the Board holds any public hearing required for this program, written notice shall be sent to representative parent organizations, including the parent-teacher association, parent-teacher clubs, and school site councils, and may be sent directly to parents/guardians in accordance with Education Code 48985. Notice also shall be sent to all local major media outlets, the local mayor, all members of the city council, all members of the county board of supervisors, the county superintendent of schools, and the county board of education. (Education Code 52055.615)

The Board shall, at a regularly scheduled meeting, approve an action plan for each participating school and certify that it contains all the essential components specified in Education Code 52055.625. (Education Code 52055.630)

(cf. 9322 - Agenda/Meeting Materials)

In reviewing the proposed school action plan, the Board shall consider, at a minimum, the resources necessary to implement the plan, implications for the district's collective bargaining agreements, alignment of the action plan with the Title I local educational agency plan and/or other improvement plans, and the extent to which strategies in the plan are focused on areas of greatest need as identified through achievement data, self-assessments, and other district reports.

(cf. 3100 - Budget)

(cf. 4141/4241 - Collective Bargaining Agreement)

(cf. 6171 - Title I Programs)

The Superintendent or designee shall coordinate all school improvement efforts to provide a coherent strategy addressing student needs.

(cf. 0420 - School Plans/Site Councils)

(cf. 0520 - Intervention for Underperforming Schools)

(cf. 0520.2 - Title I Program Improvement Schools)

(cf. 0520.3 - Title I Program Improvement Districts)

(cf. 0520.4 - Quality Education Investment Schools)

(cf. 6020 - Parent Involvement)

The Board shall closely monitor the progress of any school participating in the program. The Superintendent or designee shall provide the Board with regular reports on the status and results of school improvement efforts.

As necessary, the Board may direct the school site council to review and revise the school action plan in order to raise student achievement. In the event that school improvement efforts do not produce adequate growth in achievement after two or more years of receiving program funding to implement the action plan, the Board shall cooperate with the SPI and the State Board of Education in the development of strategies to help the school succeed.

Legal Reference:


17014 Facilities maintenance

17032.5 Facilities maintenance

17070.75 Facilities maintenance

17089 Facilities maintenance

33126 School accountability report card

33400-33407 CDE evaluation of district programs

41507 Single plan, Pupil Retention Block Grant

41572 Single plan, School and Library Improvement Block Grant

44510-44517 Principal Training Program

45125.1 Criminal background checks for contractors

48985 Parental notifications, languages other than English

51041 Evaluation of the educational program

51101 Rights of parents/guardians

52050-52059 Public Schools Accountability Act, especially:

52053-52055.55 Immediate Intervention/Underperforming Schools Program

52055.600-52055.662 High Priority Schools Grant Program

52055.700-52055.770 Quality Education Investment Act

52070-52075 High School Pupil Success Act

60119 Sufficiency of textbooks and instructional materials

60640 Standardized Testing and Reporting Program

60810 English language development test

64001 Single plan for student achievement

99220-99227 California Professional Development Institutes

99230-99242 Mathematics and Reading Professional Development Program


1030.7-1030.8 Determination of significant academic growth


6301-6578 Academic achievement of the disadvantaged, including:

6318 Parent involvement

6319 Qualifications of highly qualified teachers

6511-6518 Comprehensive School Reform program

Management Resources:


Cohort 2 HPSGP: Questions and Answers

High Priority Schools Grant Program: Guidance and Application

A Guide and Template for the Single Plan for Student Achievement: A Handbook for School Site Councils, November 2006



California Department of Education, HPSG:


adopted: December 11, 2007 Hemet, California